Presented by Tantrum Youth Arts in collaboration with PACT
Created by Janie Gibson and the Tantrum Trajectory Ensemble
What happens if the place you call home vanishes beneath your feet? The world you once knew, now gone. “Home” is unfamiliar, strange. You feel at sea in the very place where you were once completely grounded.
In an intimate performance Tantrum’s Trajectory Ensemble weaves a sea of stories from original poetry, found texts, songs, myths, music, interviews with grandparents and rewritten history books in an eco-biographical exploration of the places we love and how they change.
Beneath the roads, beneath the concrete, under buildings, roads and streets, deep down into the layers of history, there is a story waiting to be unearthed…
Tantrum Youth Arts is the leading company bringing together young, emerging and professional artists in Newcastle, the Central Coast and the Hunter region. We develop new, innovative and inclusive contemporary performing arts projects and theatre productions characterised by collaborative processes and participation.
Tantrum’s Trajectory Ensemble is a structured and dynamic program of professional development for emerging artists interested in process-driven performance making. Each year, a group of emerging artists (18-26 years old) are selected to be part of the ensemble. In 2017 they are led by artist Janie Gibson, in a rigorous process of training and performance making, to create a new work of theatre.
Janie Gibson is an actor, theatre-maker and teaching artist with a background in Eastern European ensemble theatre, Shakespeare performance and devised theatre-making. She believes that stories, in the traditional sense, are like medicine – a way to show us who we are, speak about what is unspoken and offer a pathway towards deeper connection to each other, to nature, to our history and our ancestors. Janie has developed her work internationally with companies such as Song of the Goat (Poland), Shakespeare & Company (U.S.A), Ultimavez (BE), Odra Ensemble (Poland) and in Australia with Next Wave, BYDS, Urban Theatre Projects, Performance space and PACT Theatre. Originally from Newcastle, NSW, HOME is her first new work in her town of origin.
Tantrum Youth Arts is supported by the NSW Government through ArtsNSW.
Home was developed as part of Trajectory Program, which is supported by Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund and the Ian Potter Foundation.
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